The Bolivian University Accident happened March 2, 2021, when 7 students fell to their deaths from a 4th floor railing at the El Alto Public University of Bolivia. Falling from a snapped handrail, the students fell over 60 feet, impacting with the concrete floor below.
Shocking Full Video
At least 3 cellphone videos exist showing the Bolivian University accident in full. On this post I am adding a video of the metal rail snapping and the fall, minus the view of the dead bodies.
The video shows the moment when the metal railing gives way and multiple students plunge into the void.
“From this accident, seven have died and five are in a critical state, some of them stabilised” in hospitals in the city of El Alto, near La Paz, Health Minister Jayson Auza said. - Al Jazeera
Bolivian University students lean against the railing on the fourth floor balcony moments before collapse.
Shockingly, there were several survivors, which were rushed to the El Norte Hospital and the Cordes Clinic. Campus security removed the deceased.
Let the bodies hit the floor
This horrific view shows how high the students fell when the railing collapsed.
Before the railing collapsed, nearly 400 students enrolled in the Economics and Finance programs were called for a mandatory meeting to discuss a new course change.
From my research, the change dealt with adding or removing curriculum from the current program. The current students did not receive this change well, and the students began protesting, pushing, and shoving.
The students, who were facing each other in the upper part of the building, shoved, detached the railing. Then, about seven people fell from one of the railings, Andy Huanca, executive secretary of university workers, told Fides radio.
The chaotic movement from the students, an overcrowded mob, formed on the balcony, became a disaster waiting to happen. Some students were shoved into the railing and it collapsed.
Falling Away From Me
The collapsed rail barely hanging on the balcony and bent from the force of the pushing students.
The story becomes truly heartbreaking when we hear the cries of the family of the fallen.
“All of them from the FUL, the representative, forced us to go and forced him. My partner Yerko Saúl is there, he is dead, we have been forced to go, he has fallen, if you see in the video, it is the one in blue. Thanks to them he is dead. , ”exclaimed the young woman who kept her identity confidential.
There were 7 faculty members arrested and charged with signing the summons for the mandatory meeting.
Police arrested Fanny Vargas Calle, Wilson Quispe Chura, Mayeli Choque Tito, Vladimir Poma Ali, Pablo Carvajal Pillco, are the ones who would have called the student assembly.
Although they have not been sentenced as of this writing, they were arrested on the charges of "Accused of having signed the summons to the student assembly."
These 7 university personnel knew in advance that there were too many students to all attend simultaneously, that there was a crowd mandate in effect, and that the changes could cause tension and anger within the population.
In an interview with Bolivisión, the young woman asserted that as students of the Education Sciences degree, the representatives forced them to attend the assembly. "They are a mafia (the ones) that forced us," lamented the student, who lost her friend, Yerko Saúl Mamani, due to the fall she suffered in the university building.
A survivor lies on his back. How could he have possibly survived such a terrifying descent?
The youngest to fall to his death was Limberth Lucana Arcaya, who died at 10:30am after being rushed to the Hosptial del Norte.
At least seven university students fall to death in Bolivia (Al Jazeera 3 Mar 2021)
At least 7 Bolivian students dead after university railing collapse (Voa News 3 Mar 2021)
Tragedy in Bolivia! Shocking video shows how multiple students fall into the void (Andina.pe)
El Alto - Bolivia: railing broke. More than 3 university students fell into the void and died (VIDEO) (Radioondaazul.com)
Tragedy in El Alto: The youngest of the wounded dies, Limbert Lucana, 19 (Unitel)